Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this one along:
By Robert Strohmeyer, InformationWeek, September 02, 2011 09:15 AM
… Location data ranks among the most personal types of information our devices can reveal about us, with the potential to expose where we work, where live, where we drop our kids off for school. As users, we have a right to protect that data from interlopers, including the companies that supply our mobile devices and services. Here are five basic rights that all users should demand from manufacturers and carriers that offer location-aware devices. …
For full text of the article and the five rights, visit 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Mobility – Smartphones – Informationweek.
- 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand (informationweek.com)
- English Webinar: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
- French Webinar: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
The GeoConnections Program invites you to learn about and discuss emerging issues in geospatial privacy and how these issues can be handled. GeoConnections has conducted a number of studies and supported the development of guidelines related to geospatial privacy. This webinar session will introduce Geospatial Privacy Awareness and Risk Management – Guide for Federal Agencies, a March 2010 guideline that was created to be widely applicable to not only the federal public sector but other levels of government, the private sector, the academic sector, non-governmental organizations, and the general public. In addition, you will learn about other recent GeoConnections work on this topic, including:
- International Comparative Analysis of Geospatial Information Privacy, March 2010 – an overview of how other leading nations in the implementation of spatial data infrastructure are dealing with geospatial privacy issues
- Research Related to Privacy and the Use of Geospatial Information, November 2009 – the results of public opinion research in Canada related to the implications of geospatial privacy
- A Manager’s Guide to Public Health Geomatics , February 2010 – overview of privacy issues in public health geomatics
- Anonymizing Geospatial Data, 2010 – introduction to web-based tools for anonymizing geospatial data (i.e., preventing the identification of individuals)
- Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Operational Policies Needs Analysis – Privacy, March 2011 – results of the recent analysis of the need for operational policy instruments in this area
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) will also speak about their work related to geospatial privacy…. If you would like to participate, please click here to register for this webinar. If you would like more information, please contact Kim Stephens by e-mail at kims [at] hickling [dot] ca, or by telephone at 613-237-2220, ext. 205.
By Tanzina Vega, NYT, August 14, 2011
For many Internet users, online privacy policies are long and difficult to read. Transfer those same policies to a mobile device, where users can find themselves clicking through multiple screens often with tiny type, and the policies can become almost useless to the average consumer.Yet those same policies govern how much user data is collected through mobile applications and how that data is shared with advertisers and other third parties. And with growing concern over data collection, including proposed legislation to more closely protect consumers, one company is trying to make privacy policies that are both easy for consumers to read and easy for mobile application developers to create. …
For full text of the article, visit Industry Tinkers to Create Privacy Tools for Mobile Devices – NYTimes.com.
- Industry Tries to Streamline Privacy Policies for Mobile Users (nytimes.com)
- Media Decoder Blog: In a First, F.T.C. Settles With App Developer Over Children’s Privacy (mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com)
- App-maker fined over kids’ privacy (politico.com)
- Apps Maker Settles Privacy Case (online.wsj.com)
by Christina Hultsch, Technology Law Source, July 25, 2011
Any US company that receives data about individuals living in the European Union must be familiar with the basic principles of consent and data protection within the EU to avoid costly mistakes that are easily made in obtaining consent, should the validity of such consent be challenged by the EU data protection agencies. While certain exemptions may apply that allow receipt of data into the US without consent, companies need to analyze their receipt of such data in light of the new consent opinion discussed below. … Contrary to law in the US, in the EU, obtaining the consent of the individual (the “data subject”) has always played a key role in the European Union’s data protection efforts. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy, issued an opinion in July, 2011 addressing the consent principles currently in place as well as providing insight into a possible and likely expansion of consent requirements
For full text of the article visit Basic Principles of European Union Consent and Data Protection : Technology Law Source.
- European Commission Vows to Simplify Data Protection (pcworld.com)